Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino

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began operation in 1909 and, despite many threats to its preservation, continues to serve sailors today. The state historic park that houses the lighthouse boasts several historical buildings and wide Pacific Ocean views. You can access the light station buildings via two walks. The easier of the two starts at the south end of the parking lot and is paved. The dirt path located at the north end traverses grassland and coastal prairie. By the lighthouse, you can find three restored lightkeeper homes, one of which has been transformed into a period museum. Its artifacts and displays illustrate the lighthouse's history and provide a glimpse of local history. Make Point Cabrillo Light Station a centerpiece of your Mendocino vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mendocino travel tool.
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Point Cabrillo Light Station Reviews

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  • This is still in operation and you will be smart the condition and all the volunteers that put there heart into this place  more »
  • The trail to the lighthouse, while scenic with interesting trees, is rocky and rough. Take the road from the parking lot to the lighthouse. If you do not have a handicap placard there is parking at...  more »
  • What a BEAUTIFUL scenery! I was really looking forward to getting to the top of the lighthouse, however, when we got there it was closed and only available to the Coast Guard. The sight was worth...  more »
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  • This was a great place to visit a little ways off the highway but worth the side drive. Be ready for a decent walk down a paved road to get there unless you have a handicap placard then you are allowed to drive down the road and end up around 100 yards from the light station. It is very well set up for handicap and disabled. They do ask for a donation to go into the light station but no required. There is a nice very small museum and gift shop inside. My family and i had a great time.
  • Long walk to the lighthouse, but worth the trip. You can also rent the keepers houses, which seems nice! Lots of trails along the cliffs and views are incredible!
  • Interesting but deserted. Museum opens at 11 am. Unfortunately I was there at 9 am. Rentals available here for vacations. Well kept with many coastal trails.
  • Beautiful walk, coastal views, and just a good place to get some zen (if their isn't a field trip that day). That being said, it's a great place to take kids. There are a few exhibits at the lighthouse that talk about the ocean ecosystem and the light house. Exhibit was a little underwhelming as an adult but interesting nonetheless. Really lovely flat hike in but it is also possible to drive up closer if that isn't your thing.
  • It's so pretty... You can rent houses and they have stunning views. The trails are well worn in most places, though signage would be a little more helpful on the less foot traveled areas. Recommend it for the view and pictures.

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